Saturday, October 17, 2009

Update

Nahlia
18 months
New Words: Book, Shoe, Flower, Fish, Hug, Foot, Quack, Meow, Oink, Moo.
Interest: Jumping of the couch into the love sac, getting into the frig, being naked all the time, running away from mommy down the street and in the store, babies and small animals, getting her nails painted, spinning, dancing, reading her big princes book before bed.
Favorite Foods: Cottage cheese, apple sauce, bananas, cookies.
Favorite Songs: Just Dance and Poker Face from Lady Gaga, the Kidz Bop version of Take You There by Sean Kingston, all hymns (she sings along every time).
Recent Stories: We had banana splits the other night and Nate bought cool whip instead of whip cream, it was Nahlia's favorite part of the banana split. Two days had past and Nahlia was playing in the next room and had gotten very quiet. When I went in to check on her she and the floor was covered in cool whip. Another favorite item to get out of the frig is the egg carton and resort all the eggs.
Tantrum Style: Falling to and laying on the ground and high pitched screaming.

Carly
25
Is so excited that Linzy and Craig want her to help them plan their wedding.

Nathan
27
Went fishing with his Dad and brothers today. Had to get some new clothes for his training in Oklahoma City and when it was all over said to Carly "That was fun today".

Laura
Sent her mission papers in.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

". . . charity never faileth."

I've recently been asked what my favorite scripture is. I never like this question because there are so many that are beautiful and meaningful that it's hard for me to choose just one right in that moment, also because I can't remember scripture references very well. That being said the one that I usually go to first is
Moroni 7:44-47
"If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for is he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity. And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fall But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him."
Whenever I'm wondering how I'm doing in the grand scheme of things I like to think of this scripture and see how I measure up. I don't think charity is an action or a feeling, I think it is a state of being and something to always strive for. I also like that this scripture has specific things to work on and gives the reward for there accomplishments. Some of my other favorite scripture talk about charity as well. This is the second scripture that I look at for guidance in establishing a home and family
Doctrine and Covenants 88:118-126
"And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God; That your incomings may be in the name of the lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord; that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High. Therefore, cease from all your light speeches, from all laughter, from all your lustful desires, from all your pride and light-mindedness, and from all your wicked doings. Appoint among yourselves a teacher, and let not all be spokesmen at once; but let one speak at a time and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have spoken that all may be edified of all, and that every man may have an equal privilege. See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous; learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires. Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to they bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated. And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace. Pray always, that you may not faint, until I come. Behold, and lo, I will come quickly, and receive you unto myself. Amen.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall Festivities

The weather today made me full of fall feelings, so to celebrate we had grilled cheese and tomato soup and painted pumpkins. It was the first time Nahlia had had grilled cheese and tomato soup and it's safe to say she loved it. I have to thank my mother in law for the pumpkins because I wasn't going to buy pumpkins to carve this year. I don't know why I just didn't feel like it which is weird because I usually love carving pumpkins. She gave us these from her garden, they are so cute and little. I also worked on Nahlia's Halloween costume, she's going to be a garden fairy from Tinkerbell. I'm almost done with it and I'm proud of myself because Halloween is still three weeks away. The first moving boxes where taped up today signaling the official start of packing. Tonight I'm off to Walmart for box hunting.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Congratulations Linzy and Craig

I just received the text announcing they're engagement. We are so happy for you guys and just love Linzy. Craig flew to her home in Pennsylvania this weekend to ask her parents and today went on a day trip to New York City where he popped the question.

This isn't from NYC but its one of my favorite pics of them. I have awsome sister-in-laws. By request a pic of Linzy's face. She looks great Craig not so much but we already know he's cute.

Play Date with Old Friends

With all the moving around we seem to do its nice to be with old friends. Natasha, Richard, and Lowell came for a play date today. They just moved to Utah and are getting settle. Nahlia and Lowell have been playing since they were baby's but this was the first time they really played together. They have very different personalities in that Nahlia is possessive of her things and Lowell could careless. So they make great playmates.We've been teaching Nahlia how to do somersaults and She DID IT all by herself today. She would only do it in her tent though so she'd somersault and then the tent would fall on her. Always a great activity at our house, jumping off the couch into the love sac.
We can't wait to see you guys again.

Introducing Charlie

Charlie Katzourakis born on Tuesday October 6th at St. Mark's hospital in Salt Lake City. He's a beautiful little boy and looks like is older brother Dillon. At the hospital the day after. Johny and Dillon weren't there when we where there and Nahlia was to sick to be around a new born so we look forward to being all together when Nahlia is all better.



Monday, October 5, 2009

Bewitching Weekend

We had a fun filled weekend and it was conference that made it even better. My Nana GAK (Great Aunt Kathy) returned from her mission this week and we got to meet up with her on Thursday. We met at Pat's BBQ in Salt Lake, they picked it because it was featured on a Food Network show, it was pretty good. I sadly don't have a picture. Aunt Brandy came in from Hawaii to get her and Aunt Marie and Kory came down from Idaho, Kelly and her daughter, James and Erin, cousin Kim and her husband, Laura, Nahlia and myself. It was so fun, they are hilarious and I hope we see them again soon.
Friday we went to the BYU game courtesy of Brett. Nahlia loves going to sporting events. She claps and dances, watches the marching band and cheerleaders. She really liked it when they would run around the field with the big BYU flags. Matt and Jeanne drove in from Cali. We love all the BYU gear they have. Sorry I cut your head off Matt. Auntie LALAWe told Nahlia to smile and she did this, followed by more funny faces.Brett "Ocho Cinco" ThompsonSaturday after conference we met up with the Katzourakis clan at Gardener Village for their Halloween activities. Everybody is dressed up like a witch and they have animated witches everywhere and the kids come dressed up. I didn't have it together enough for Nahlia to dress up yet but oh well.
Dillon, Johny, Nahlia, Conner and his sister.Nahlia LOVES her cousins. There was a lot of hug'n going on.Running through the hay maze.Holding hands. She would go anywhere without holding one or both of their hands to the point where they would say "Are you ever going to let go of my hand" and "You're squeezing my finger to tight"The petting zoo. We told her to give the animals hugs and he walked around hugging their bums because she was to scared to hug by their faces. Really cute petting zoo. They had sheep, goats, pigs, lamas, donkeys, chickens, rabbits, and they all had babies.They also had a pony ride that was really fun. First time Nahlia riding a pony all by herself. She wanted them to go faster.

And of course conference was this weekend. I'm pretty sure every talk was great. This time they didn't really talk about money or emergency preparedness. There was a lot about the daily impressions from the spirit, providing consistent and frequent opportunities to talk of Christ in the home, making service a daily act, and reinforcing the basics of being a decent and productive member of the church and society. I loved it. Conference is amazing because you get to hear so many powerful testimonies and it is evident they are the mouthpiece for Heavenly Father. They truly are the Prophets and Apostles for the world. Every conference I try to finding something we can do as a new family tradition or make a commitment to do better. For example last October we decided to have a prayer of gratitude every thanksgiving inspired by Elder Bednar's talk. Coincidentally he's talk this time gave me encouragement about family home evening, that it doesn't always have to go well as long as it happens.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The wait is over... kind of

Wednesday the 30th of September Nathan received is class date. We've been waiting a little over a year for this, which may not sound long but was killing us long. November 12th he will start his training for his air traffic control job in Oklahoma city. This last year has been a year of patience building for our family and we are so glad its over. A lot of people have helped us over the last year and we are very grateful for all of the support. Congratulations to Nate, he worked really hard in school and since his graduation for his family so this is a big weight lifted for him. Shorting after training we'll be headed to Las Vegas.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Football and a Fiftieth

We got back to Utah just in time for Nathan's favorite season, FOOTBALL season. He is a University of Utah fan but with my cousin Brett Thompson, Ocho Cinco of the Cougars, playing for BYU we are a mixed household. James and Erin came over Thursday for the Utes season opener and then we went to their house on Saturday for BYU's opener. I'm very excited about today because Laura, Nahlia, and I are going to the BYU game. We get to use Brett's family tickets which will probably never happen again. The first day it rained. The cool air felt so good. I let Nahlia get all wet even though she is holding an umbrella it didn't help at all. My Grandpa Jim and Grandma Julie, my mom's parents, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the 19 of September. Nate, Nahlia, Laura, James, Erin, and myself took a quick road trip to be there for it. It was great to see people who had known them, for longer than we have been alive, through work or high school, or church callings. This are two of there wedding pictures. They were blown up and hung at the party.
Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa
We love you and are grateful for what you have done so that our lives might be blessed.
At the Gateway, the mall in SLC that we go to, had what they call an Elephant Walk last week. When the circus is in town each year they have a little parade through the mall with the elephants as the main attraction. It was so fun and Nahlia loved the elephants.

After the parade we went into a Halloween store to help us get into the Halloween spirit. This is Nahlia's reaction to the wall of scary masks. Nahlia's pimp hat.